Pashinyan: we are in the second wave of coronavirus

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YEREVAN, May 27. /ARKA/. ‘We are now in the second wave of coronavirus,’ Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said today after a recurrent meeting of the government task force, set up to enforce the state of emergency.

“Unfortunately, we have to fix that we are going through a difficult situation. As a matter of fact, we can say that we are dealing with the second wave of coronavirus,” he said.

“For several days now we have been discussing how the rules imposed by the task force match the situation and how universal they are. The result of our discussions is unequivocal: the restrictions are relevant to the situation and are effective in content. Unfortunately, we have problems with the quality of compliance with them,” he said.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that given compliance with the rules, the epidemiological situation will not only improve, but the number of infections will tend to zero.

However, he noted that the government does not shy away from using administrative measures to ensure that the rules are respected.

“The administrative levers taken before will be strengthened. Today, raids have begun in different parts of the country regarding compliance with the rules by both individuals and legal entities. Tougher checks will be carried out on roads, up to the establishment of checkpoints,” Pashinyan said.

A 30-day state of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus was declared in Armenia on March 16 and restrictions were imposed on free movement of citizens. The government banned also some types of economic activity. On April 13, the government extended the state of emergency for another month and on May 4 it lifted the ban on almost all types of economic activity and the free movement of citizens, except for public transport. On May 14, the government has again extended the state of emergency for another 30 days.

However, despite the extension, public transport, preschools, trading centers, restaurants and gyms have reopened starting from May 18, and wearing of masks has become mandatory in public spaces.

Armenia’s confirmed Covid-19 cases have grown to 7,402 over the past 24 hours. According to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some 3,220 people have recovered, while the death toll has risen to 91.

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